Following last year’s Tiger King craze, several competing adaptations were in the works. One of them from Amazon chose Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage to play the eccentric enthusiast of wildlife. However, speaking with Variety, Cage says he’s no longer committed to Amazon’s version and that she might not even move forward.
“We should clear the record,” Cage said in an interview. “I read two great scripts, which I thought were great, but I think Amazon ultimately felt that this was material that had become a past time because it was taking so long. [to] come together. They sensed at one point that it was lightning in the bottle, but that point has since faded into the distance and it is no longer relevant.
Last year Netflix released the real-life crime documentary Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness and it quickly became a sensation. Several different Tiger King projects were accelerated, but soon after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of those projects were stalled.
Since then, Tiger King may have become the news yesterday, although a rival Tiger King project starring Kate McKinnon and John Cameron Mitchell is still set to go to Peacock.
Cage still has a lot of work to do. His latest film, Pig, was to critical acclaim and IGN gave him a 9 out of 10. Our review of Pig called Cage’s performance measured and meticulous and the film is a “Melancholy John Wick for the restaurant scene of Portland ”.
Matt TM Kim is the editor-in-chief of IGN.